Format: Instant Access Recorded Webinars
CEUs: Based on 10 contact hours of training (see CEUs tab for details)
Course Description: This 10-hour course is based on the California adopted edition of NFPA 20 ‘Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fire Pumps’ and NFPA 13 ‘Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’ and covers how fire pumps operate and their requirements as well as storage fundamentals and protection requirements. This includes how to select an appropriate fire pump type and size as well as how to measure performance. Types of storage and how to determine and apply the applicable requirements will also be covered.
Module 1 - Introduction to Fire Pumps – 1hr
This module focuses on the use of fire pumps with fire protection systems. Using NFPA 20 Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fire Pumps, the presentation covers the different pump types, acceptable pump drivers, and the various pump controllers. A review of the factors used to determine the need for a fire pump will be given along with an overview of the process for determining the best type of pump and driver including factors such as the severity of the hazard or risk being protected, installation costs, and performance reliability. Finally, using NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, the basic requirements for the periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire pumps are discussed.
Module 2 - Fire Pump Basics and NFPA 20 Requirements – 1.5hrs
This module provides an introduction to the basic operating principles and general installation requirements of centrifugal fire pumps based on NFPA 20. Participants will learn key definitions and terminology as well as the types of acceptable fire pumps available. Sizing of pump assembly components will be covered and how flow and pressure are affected. The presentation will look at various fire pump arrangements including suction piping and discharge piping components and devices. Finally, participants will learn approved means of controlling maximum discharge pressures for centrifugal fire pumps.
Module 3 - Fire Pump Selection and Performance – 1.5hrs
This module provides an introduction to the basic centrifugal fire pump performance guidelines and requirements based on NFPA 20. The presentation will cover rated flow and pressure guidelines and requires for fire pumps. Participants will learn the effects of diesel and electric driven fire pumps on overall pump performance. A detailed review of constructing a fire pump curve and interpreting flow, pressure, efficiency and horsepower will be given. Finally, participants will learn how to use the fire sprinkler and standpipe design criteria to select a fire pump when designing a fire sprinkler system.
Module 4 - NFPA 20 Sizing of Fire Pumps – 1.5hrs
Based on NFPA 20 ‘Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection’, this module covers the process of sizing a fire pump based on the needs of the water-based fire protection systems it will service. Participants will learn key definitions and terminology as well as the process for reviewing system demands and sizing of pump assembly components. Finally, the presentation will discuss approved means of controlling maximum discharge pressures for centrifugal fire pumps.
Module 5 - Storage Fundamentals for Fire Sprinkler Systems – 1.5hrs
This module will provide an understanding of storage arrangements and what fire sprinkler requirements are found in NFPA 13 ‘Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems’ to protect these types of hazard. The presenter will discuss the history of fire sprinkler protection for storage including ‘control vs suppression’ sprinkler systems. Participants will learn storage related definitions and how they impact protection requirements including methods such as solid pile, palletized, shelf and rack storage as well as considerations for array, encapsulations, stability, container, flue spaces, clearance, shelf types and aisle widths.
Module 6 - Understanding NFPA 13 Storage Requirements for Fire Sprinkler Systems - Part 1 – 1.5hrs
This module provides an introduction to the basic operating principles and general storage requirements for fire sprinkler systems based on NFPA 13. Participants will review key decision points to apply approved design options for fire sprinkler use with storage applications. Participants will learn key definitions and terminology as well as the types of storage and the foundational questions of “What is being stored?”; “How is it stored?”; and “How high is it stored?
Module 7 - Applying NFPA 13 Storage Requirements for Fire Sprinkler Systems - Part 2 – 1.5hrs
This module provides an introduction to the basic operating principles and general storage requirements based on NFPA 13. This module is a continuation of the ‘Understanding NFPA 13 Storage Requirements for Fire Sprinkler Systems’ module. This presentation will focus on applying the knowledge gained from the previous module to assist participants in selecting protection criteria that can be applied to protect storage occupancies.
Russ Leavitt, SET, CFPS
Russ Leavitt is the Executive Chairman of Telgian Corporation. With over 36 years of experience, he holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation. He is a Board Member and 1st Vice-Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is the chair of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria technical committee. He also serves on the NFPA 13 Installation committee as well as the NFPA 3, NFPA 4 and NFPA 25 technical committees. Russ conducts seminars internationally on a variety of fire and life safety related subjects and has authored a number of articles and training materials.
Ralph Bless, P.E., SET, CFPS
Ralph Bless has more than 30 years experience in fire protection including a broad range of water based and special hazard system design, code consulting and fire protection engineering services. He has provided services to government, hospitality, warehouse/distribution center, retail, convenience, multi-unit development, multifamily housing, industrial, restaurant, and medical accounts. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in six states, is a Level IV NICET senior fire sprinkler layout technician and holds several state and national certifications including that of Certified Fire Protection Specialist. Ralph chairs the NFPA technical committee for Record Storage, NFPA 232, and serves as a primary member of the NFPA technical committees for Water Spray Systems, NFPA 15 as well as an alternate member of the NFPA 13 Correlating Committee.
Continuing Education (see details under Certificate section below)
- CAL FIRE - CEU Approved for 1.0 CEU
- International Code Council - ICC Approved for 1.0 CEU
- NICET Continuing Professional Development
- Pennsylvania UCC Approved Continuing Education Provider
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection Continuing Education
Certificate of Completion:
- Each participant registered, attending the full live training webinar or viewing the post-live recorded on-demand webinar will receive a Certificate of Completion (you must be registered under your name to receive a certificate, one certificate per registered participant). This certificate will include the participants name, training subject, date, number of training hours completed and the Fire Smarts name, address and phone number.
- Certificates will comply with CAL FIRE CEU requirements for CAL FIRE approved training courses per Title 19. Fire Smarts is a CAL FIRE approved provider for this training course which may be used towards California certified sprinkler fitter continuing education requirements that include completing 30 hours every three years to maintain the state certification (Section 946). CAL FIRE CEU’s are assigned based on 0.1 CEU per training contact hour. Learn more about CAL FIRE licenses and registration at https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/govmotus-fire
- Certificates will comply with International Code Council (ICC) CEU requirements for ICC approved training courses. Fire Smarts is an approved training provider of the ICC. ICC CEU’s are assigned based on 0.1 CEU per training contact hour.
- Certificates can be used as supporting documentation for CPD points required for NICET certification. This applies to the “Additional Education” section of NICET Policy #30 on Continuing Professional Development that allows for CPD points for education to advance, broaden and enhance technical knowledge and job skills.
- Certificates can be used as supporting documentation for credit hours required for re-certification as part of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) program. Continuing education credit is determined as one credit per training contact hour.
- Certificates can be used as supporting documentation for continuing education (CE) hours for Texas Commission on Fire Protection certifications. Fire Smarts is a continuing education source under "Nationally Recognized Training Providers”. Continuing education hours are determined as one CE hour per training contact hour.
This webinar is presented online in a directing and discussion style of teaching. A clear and detailed presentation of the content is given with the aid of PowerPoint presentation slides. Participant questions are encouraged to facilitate understanding and practical application exercises will be given where applicable to the content.